Hosting your own DNS server

Posted on 2003-03-10
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
We've recently moved to a dedicated hosting solution for four websites that we run.  All four sites are being hosted on our own Win2k Advanced Server box sitting on a broadband connection at a secure site.  I have IIS running on the machine and the websites are operating correctly.  I set up DNS for the four domains (each has their own IP) and it seems to be running correctly.  If I change my personal machine's DNS server to the IP of the new machine and try nslookup's they resolve correctly to the new IP's.

My question now is how do I get this new machine to be the authoritative server for the domains?  I tried logging in to the respective control panels on networksolutions.com and register.com (where the domain names were registered) but when I try to change the DNS server to the new machine they both give me an error saying "You have not specified the name of a valid Domain Name Server."  I tried giving it both the IP address and a DNS name that points to the machine.
Question by:Veregon
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When you log into network solutions and get to the Manage Domain Names page, you should see 3 tabs on the top right. One says Manage Domain Names, the next says Manage Contacts and the last says Manage Name servers. You have to set up the name servers there first where it says enter the name you want to create. Once you have added these, then you can go to the domain and change the name servers. They have to be created on their system first, before you can point to them. Give it a try. - Ryan

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ID: 8105253
hmm....it's telling me "Host name invalid. It must be associated with a domain you control. Please try again. "

Any ideas?

Expert Comment

ID: 8105275
Do you already have the domain set up?

Expert Comment

ID: 8105339
I just tried this and it worked fine. I put in the ns3.domain.com and it then asked for the IP address. Where is your domain registered? Netsol or register.com

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ID: 8105707
I *think* I got it now, waiting for the name server I created to be recognized.  Thanks a lot for your help, will aaccept your comment as an answer.

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